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Toddlers in taxis

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    Registered Users Posts: 464 ✭✭ Meeeee79


    Can anyone tell me have u ever had any issue with car seat in a taxi? I know legally they don't have to be used for public transport so can I just carry my 2 year old on my lap? Would some taxis nsist on a car seat or do most let you on without?


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  • You can just place him on your lap, if you are comfortable with that.

    Obvs safest option would be to bring a car seat too but not very practical.




  • You can just place him on your lap, if you are comfortable with that.

    Obvs safest option would be to bring a car seat too but not very practical.

    Thankyou, it's only a short journey so I think it will have to be on my lap with seatbelt around us. Car seat is a monstrosity so definitely not practical. Thanks for your reply.




  • On the other side then, I had to get a taxi to bring the little one to creach one day, 3 year old and i just asked him to be here a few mins early popped the car seat in the back




  • As a taxi driver,I've not heard of a driver insisting on a car seat.
    If you have one,and can fit it,no problems.




  • When our 5 year old was a toddler we used bring her on 20min taxi journeys no bother. Only piece of advice is to have them on your lap, but don't share a seat belt. If the car brakes suddenly your weight could crush them. I think you can get a toddler seat belt that attaches to you, might be a good bet.


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  • Meeeee79 wrote: »
    Thankyou, it's only a short journey so I think it will have to be on my lap with seatbelt around us. Car seat is a monstrosity so definitely not practical. Thanks for your reply.

    I don’t think you should be sharing a seat belt, surely all your inertia in a crash would mean you’d be squashing the child between yourself and the seat belt.




  • I bring my 2 year old in a taxi 1-2 times a week. I put him in a baby carrier and put the seat belt around us both and I've never had an issue with a taxi driver yet, I've been doing it about a year now.




  • I've taken my toddler in a taxi to the airport pre covid. She was about 1yo. I had her in the sling, on my front, with the seatbelt around me and her on the outside of it. So I would be caught by seatbelt but she not squashed by it.
    I did make sure the taxi stayed away from m50 as I was not comfortable travelling at high speed so we took a slower route through the city.
    While it's not ideal I agree it's not practical to bring the car seat in these circumstances.




  • I had to bring my toddler for a covid test and needed to use a taxi. My car seat is a monstrosity too but I just asked the taxi driver to be a but early and used the seat belt to secure it in. Most car seats can be adjusted to be used without the isofix base. I personally would be too scared bringing him in a car without some kind of car seat.



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